Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and a chance for Americans to honor those that made it possible for this great nation to be what it is.
It is extremely hard to figure out where the tradition began but General John Logan in May 1865 was among the first to put out a call for nationalization of America’s war dead.
Delaware County continues that tradition this year with many communities continuing the tradition honoring those that have given their life for the American cause.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Delaware, 3 p.m., Soldiers Circle, Oak Grove Cemetery
Monday, May 28, 2012
Radnor, 8 a.m., Breakfast at Radnor United Church of Christ; 10 a.m., Parade ends at Cemetery for ceremony, Hog roast to follow by Radnor Fire Department at Community Center
Plain City, 9 a.m., parade, elementary school to Bigelow Cemetery
Westerville, 9:45 a.m., parade from the corner of State Street and College Avenue, pause at the old National Guard Armory on State, then proceed to Otterbein Cemetery
Powell, 10 am., Parade followed by memorial ceremony at Greater Powell Veterans Memorial.
Sunbury, 10 a.m., Parade, J.R. Smith Park
Dublin, 11 a.m., procession from Bridge Pointe Center to Dublin Cemetery with wreath-throwing ceremony on the Bridge Street bridge. 11:30 a.m., ceremony at Dublin Cemetery. Noon, commemoration at Grounds of Remembrance in Veterans Park with speaker Alex Rozanski, military veteran and brother of Capt. Nicholas Rozanski, an Ohio National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan in April. 12:30 p.m., free picnic lunch on the grounds of the Dublin Library.
Galena, 1 p.m., Village Square
So thank a veteran today for giving some – or better yet – get out to one of these events and honor those veterans that gave it all during a war.
While I was filming and photographing in Galena, Ohio, for the DelawareOH365.com piece on the pier, I stumbled across this.
It is probably a fence section that was washed out during a previous high-water moment of the Hoover Reservoir. But, my imagination quickly took me back to Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Then thinking about Twain always brings back a quote from his auto-biography that I’ve used often in my life:
Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities which we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are the men who do things which we recognize with regret and sometimes with a secret shame that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes.